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Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports health care workers in three long-term care facilities in the Central District have tested positive for COVID-19. These facilities include Westfield Quality Center in Aurora, Emerald Nursing and Rehab Lakeview, and Heritage at Sagewood both in Grand Island.  Additionally, CDHD reports a total of 41 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Central District as of 5:00 pm today.

CDHD is working with the three long-term care facilities to identify those who may have been exposed to the virus, so that they can take appropriate actions. These actions include a 14-day quarantine for those exposed. Employees and residents who may become infected with the virus may initially have no or mild symptoms that may or may not worsen to severe symptoms. Staff at these facilities will be monitoring patients, as well as, staff in order to identify symptoms early on and prevent additional exposures. 

CDHD continues to be vigilant for new exposures, especially groups at higher risk for severe illness. These groups include people age 65 or older and those living in nursing homes or long-term facilities. People with chronic lung disease, asthma, serious heart conditions, conditions that cause a person to have a compromised immune system, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or liver disease are at higher risk for severe illness.

“There are many unknowns regarding COVID-19. We do know that every person is at risk for being infected, and we know that some young healthy individuals have become quite ill with the virus,” states Anderson. “We also know that there is no specific treatment for a person infected with COVID-19. Our best defense is to prevent the spread, that requires all of us taking this seriously.”

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CURTIS, Neb. – The May commencement ceremony for spring 2020 graduates of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will be held online.

 

NCTA officials made the decision to move to an online ceremony amid continued concerns of spread of the COVID-19 virus, said Kelly Bruns, interim NCTA dean.

 

The May 7 ceremony will be a pre-recorded program including messages from students, faculty, administration and other dignitaries.

 

An awards night program, typically held the evening before graduation, will also take place online.

 

More information about both the graduation ceremony and the awards night will be posted to ncta.unl.edu as details are finalized.

 

Additionally, NCTA will host an open house for all graduating students at a later date, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 1.

 

“The NCTA community is extremely proud of our graduating class and the adaptability and resilience they have demonstrated this spring,” said Kelly Bruns, interim NCTA dean. “We want to do our best to celebrate these students, even if that celebration looks a little different from most years.”

 

Graduates will receive their degrees on May 7. Diplomas and certificates will be mailed to the students afterwards. A program listing graduates’ names and degrees will be available for download from the NCTA website.

 

Regalia ordered for the ceremony will still be available to students and will be distributed at the open house in August. Student who are not able to attend in August may have their attire mailed to them.

 

Caps, gowns and tassels will be a gift to the graduates from NCTA. Students who have already paid for these items will receive a refund. Commemorative class belt buckles ordered by students will also be mailed.

 

“The NCTA faculty and staff wish our graduates the best as they start their careers,” said Bruns. “While we will not get to see them face to face at graduation we look forward to hearing of their successes as Aggie alumni.”


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As of 4:00 p.m. today, Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a running total of thirty-three (33) positive lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. This number includes twelve (12) new cases, of which nine (9) are in Hall, two are in Hamilton County, and includes the first confirmed case for Merrick County. This is a 50% increase over yesterday’s count of 21. Please note these numbers do not include the cases which are diagnosed by healthcare providers based on symptom pattern. Since there is no specific treatment for Covid-19 infections, providers determine the necessity of testing. It is estimated that for every person diagnosed with COVID-19, 10 people have it but have not been diagnosed.

CDHD is issuing an additional directed health measure, DHM 2020-2, that will effectively close salons and parks in the Central District until further notice. Please refer to the directed health measure for further details. Hike and bike trails will remain open. CDHD encourages the community to get out and travel the trails, keeping social distancing in mind.

It is absolutely essential to stay away from others whenever you can. We know that we have community wide-spread. We also know that some people carry the virus but have no or very mild symptoms, so they continue to be out in the community. This means that when you are around others, you put yourself and others at risk for catching COVID-19. Limit your outings to stores as much as possible and only send one family member into the store at a time. If you are sick, stay away from others. Remember, it is important for everyone to wash their hands often and well.

Our community is now being targeted by the COVID-19 virus. The choices we each make in the coming days are absolutely critical to reducing the number of people who become infected with the virus.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Heartland United Way and Greater Grand Island Community Foundation will postpone Go Big GIVE to July 7th, 2020. Pre-give will begin June 22nd through July 6th.

 After many discussions with the Go Big GIVE team, community members and the participating nonprofit organizations, the decision to postpone Go Big GIVE was not taken lightly. The Go Big GIVE team feels the new date will give business and communities time to recover from these difficult times.

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the State’s eighth COVID-19 related Directed Health Measure (DHM) includes Antelope, Arthur, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Hooker, Keya Paha, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Pierce, Rock, and Thomas counties. It will be in effect beginning today at 10 pm and will last until May 11th unless renewed.

Under this new DHM, schools are closed through May 31, 2020 and extracurricular activities are also cancelled. Additionally, the new DHM cancels elective dental procedures and surgeries.

The quarantine measures are for individuals who are COVID-19 positive or develop fever, sudden onset of a dry cough, or sudden onset of shortness of breath without provocation (such as walking up stairs, running, choking, etc.). This excludes those with seasonal allergies, COPD, or other diagnoses that may produce respiratory symptoms. Additionally, the directive doesn’t apply to patients who have an alternative non-COVID-19 diagnosis from a healthcare provider. These patients should follow the treatment and guidance provided by their healthcare provider for such conditions.

The State-issued DHM now applies to 56 counties in Nebraska.

The first DHM, issued on March 18th, applies to Cass, Douglas, and Sarpy counties and is in effect until at least April 30th.

The second DHM, issued on March 25th, applies to Dodge, Lancaster, Saunders, and Washington counties and is in effect until at least May 6th.

The third DHM, issued on March 28th, applies to Butler, Hall, Hamilton, Merrick, Polk, Seward, and York counties and is in effect until May 6th unless renewed.

The fourth DHM, issued on March 29th, applies to Burt, Cuming, Madison, and Stanton counties and is in effect until May 6th unless renewed.

The fifth DHM, issued on March 30th, applies to Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.

The sixth DHM, issued on March 31st, applies to Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, and Webster counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.

The seventh DHM, also issued on March 31st, applies to Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, and Phelps counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.

The eighth DHM, issued on April 1st, applies to Antelope, Arthur, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Hooker, Keya Paha, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Pierce, Rock, and Thomas counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.

The DHM and quarantine directions covering all of these counties can be found by clicking here.

The DHM imposes an enforceable limit on public gatherings. Among other steps, the DHM requires restaurants and bars in these areas to close their dining areas immediately and move to takeout, delivery, and/or curbside service only until further notice. Additionally, schools in these areas are directed to operate without students in their buildings. This restriction does not apply to school staff working in school buildings. It also does not apply to daycares that may be operated at a school per the Governor’s executive order regarding childcare, which you can access by clicking here.

Counties other than those noted above remain under the guidance issued March 18th by the Governor’s Office. You can find it by clicking here. If further community transmission cases of COVID-19 occur in other regions of the state, the Governor will announce DHMs covering the additional regions.

In addition to the DHMs issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Douglas County Public Health Director Dr. Adi M. Pour has issued an order covering Douglas County from March 18, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Full details of the order can be found on the Douglas County Health Department website (douglascountyhealth.com) or by clicking here.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department also issued a DHM, which can be found by clicking here. The order lasts until May 6, 2020.

Furthermore, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department issued a DHM, which can be found by clicking here. The order lasts until April 30, 2020.

UNDERSTANDING THE STATE’S DIRECTED HEALTH MEASURE

Who does the Directed Health Measure apply to?

It applies to places such as theaters, churches, houses of worship, gyms, social clubs, salons, and social gatherings, including weddings, funerals, concerts, and athletic events. This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM applies to.

Do I need to shut down my bar or restaurant?

At bars and restaurants, it applies to patrons, not to your workforce. Restaurants and bars are encouraged to ask their patrons if they can prepare their order for takeout upon arrival. Restaurants will play a key part in feeding people throughout the pandemic.

Do I need to shut down my daycare?

No. DHHS has issued new guidance that daycares need to follow. You can find it by clicking here.

Do I need to shut down my office?

No. The Directed Health Measure does not apply to places such as office buildings, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, court houses, court rooms, banks, car dealerships, auto repair shops, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, small shops, golf courses, big box stores, gas stations, convenience stores, shopping malls, manufacturing facilities, packing facilities, construction jobs, and other traditional office settings. This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM does not apply to.

Furthermore, we do not expect these facilities to be impacted by additional limits at this time.

Do I need to cancel a wedding or a funeral?

Weddings and funerals are also subject to the 10-person limit. Event planners and facilities are encouraged to be flexible with people who are rearranging their plans.

 

 

 


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North Platte, Ne - The West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) emphasizes the need for everyone to practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible, while new cases of COVID-19 continue to be found in the community. WCDHD has received preliminary results on seven new cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County.

 

The new cases involve one woman in her 40s and one in her 60s, plus three men in their 40s, one man in his 50s and one man in his 60s. Four of the cases are linked to known positive travel cases, four are direct contacts to travels and there are four individuals linked to two incidents of community transmission in the county. This brings the total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 12. The Health Department’s trained staff is investigating all cases and will communicate with anyone whom they are aware of that may have been exposed. 

“Community spread means we don’t know the source or contact of the disease,” said Shannon Vanderheiden, WCDHD executive director. “A case with an unknown source of infection is defined as community spread.  

“Our focus right now is to complete the contact investigations and to protect the health of the community,” said Vanderheiden.  “We want to continue to remind everyone that the best way to stop the spread of this virus is to stay at home if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 infection.”



If you visited any of the following locations at any of the dates and times listed below and are not showing symptoms, please self-quarantine and monitor your symptoms for 14 days from your most recent visit to one of the locations below.

If you are showing symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath), please contact your healthcare provider or public health. Please call before going to any healthcare facility.  Visit https://wcdhd.org/ for self-quarantine guidance.


Date

Location

Time

Risk

3/24/2020

NP -Walmart

4:00-4:45 PM

Low

3/26/2020

Dunkin Donuts Drive-Thru

4:00-4:10 PM

Low

3/27/2020

Hobby Lobby

4:00-4:30 PM

Low


Flying J

4:30-5:00 PM

Low


Raising Cains

5:15-5:20 PM

Low


Burger King

5:25-5:30 PM

Low

3/28/2020

Hobby Lobby

4:30-5:00 PM

Low


Dunkin Donuts Drive-Thru

5:00-5:15 PM

Low

3/29/2020

Luigi Curbside To-Go

6:30-6:40 PM

Low

3/30/2020

Gosnell Family Medicine

10:55-11:30 AM

Medium


GPH - ER

11:40 AM-1:10 PM

Medium


Arby's Drive-Thru

1:15-1:25 PM

Low


Wendy's Drive-Thru

1:30-1:40 PM

Low


Public health officials would like to remind everyone that if you have a fever of over 100.4 or symptoms of respiratory illness, please self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider or your local health department.


WCDHD is in communication with state officials in regard to issuing a state Directed Health Measure; more information to follow.


For the most up to date information from the CDC, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.



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APRIL 1, 2020 (KEARNEY, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested three people and seized 20 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop near Kearney.

The traffic stop occurred at approximately 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, when a trooper observed a Chevrolet Tahoe fail to signal a turn as it exited Interstate 80 near Kearney. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected clandestine activity.

Troopers performed a search of the vehicle and found 20 pounds of methamphetamine and two ounces of marijuana. The driver, Shanae Douglas, 31, of Gary, Indiana, was also discovered to have a revoked driver’s license.

Douglas, and passengers Antoinette Brandy, 33, of Gary, Indiana, and Juwan Powell, 21, of Harvey, Illinois, were all arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver, and possession of marijuana. Douglas was also cited for driving with a revoked driver’s license. All three were lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

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The City of Grand Island Public Works Department is announcing the North Road Paving Improvement Project will begin the week of April 6, 2020.  North Road is scheduled to be closed on Monday, April 6, 2020 from Northwest High School to Highway 2.  This segment of North Road is tentatively planned to be closed until August 2020.  

The North Road project includes reconstruction from Capital Avenue to Highway 2.  The project will consist of removal of the existing 24’ wide asphalt roadway and construct a concrete curb and gutter, 3-lane, 41’ wide roadway section.  A roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Capital Avenue and North Road.  The project will also include storm sewer construction, sidewalk improvements, water main adjustments and sanitary sewer extension at Northview Drive.  

On March 10, 2020, City Council awarded the construction contract to Diamond Engineering Company of Grand Island, Nebraska for $3,335,787.35
For more information on the roadway project, and other Public Works projects, visit the projects webpage at www.drivegi.com, or call Public Works at 308-385-5455.


North Platte, Ne - Seventeen Mid-Plains Community College employees have been honored for their dedication and part-time service to MPCC.

 

The employees and the communities they work in are as follows.

 

25 years of service

 

North Platte - Wanda Hornbacher, adult basic education instructor

 

20 years of service

 

McCook - Brigitta Post, adult basic education instructor and Stephen Lytle, security guard

 

North Platte - Linda Deeds, student success

 

15 years of service

 

North Platte - Vicki Hopping, NPCC volleyball recruiter; Donna Melvin, bus driver; Brad Nixon, scorebook; Jason Trosper, announcer and Jason Jensen, timer

 

10 years of service

 

North Platte - Kristen Grimes, student advisor

 

Imperial - Carla Colton, administrative assistant

 

Five years of service

 

McCook - Sandra Krysl, scorebook and Garrett Nokes, rodeo coach

 

North Platte - Jo Ann Lundgreen, administrative assistant; Gordon Peeks, lab assistant; Jeannette Daily, student success and Amanda Crow, administrative assistant


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This morning, Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a lab-confirmed positive test in a long-term care facility in Hall County. The positive test is in a health care worker. CDHD is currently working with the facility to identify possible exposures and to advise as to prevention measures. 

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